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New York, NY – La MaMa proudly presents I’m Bleeding All Over The Place: A Living History Tour, conceived and directed by Brooke O’Harra, text by Brooke O’Harra and Casey Llewellyn, with Erin Courtney, Kristin Kosmas and Heidi Schreck, and original music by Brendan Connelly. I’m Bleeding All Over The Place runs from June 16 – 26, 2016 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 66 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery in New York City.
Tours take place on June 16 – 19 and June 22 – 25 at 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. Matinee tours take place on June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 3pm, 3:30pm and 4pm. Each tour starts promptly and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online athttp://lamama.org or by calling 646-430-5374. A limited amount of $10 tickets are available for each tour.
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Take the tour! I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour delves into the exhilarating and awkward emotional space of being out of time and out of step. Guided by ten performers, audiences move through a series of theatrical encounters where bodies, biography, performance tropes, and original text come together to create an unforgettable experience that probes the potential of spectatorship. Stepping into the emotional landscape of everyday conflict, this work examines how gender and sexuality, story, conflict and resolution fuse in the dynamic space between performers and their audience. An exploration of the politics and mechanisms at play in the theatrical form, I’m Bleeding All Over The Place asks us to own our expectations, confront our autonomy inside of the group and to challenge ourselves to address how we are implicated in the creation of the event. This act of coming together and appearing before each other produces an authorship of meaning that is both a collaborative effort and an individual act of will. On this tour individual histories, the culture at large, even the formal apparatus of theater become part of the transformative energies that implicate the actor into a political body. Thrilling collision? I’m Bleeding All Over The Place: A Living History Tour offers you a chance to find out. This piece travels through space, but does not involve audience participation.
The performers include Becca Blackwell, Jane Bradley, Hye Young Chyun, Sharon Hayes, Laryssa Husiak, Anna Kohler, Zavé Martohardjono, Greg Mehrten, Alexander Paris and Tanya Selvaratnam.
The design team includes Brendan Connelly (Original Music & Sound Design), Andreea Mincic (Set Design), Sarah Johnson (Lighting Design), Alice Tavener (Costume Design) and OBIE Lifetime Award winner Justin Townsend (Original Set Design Plan). Max Pendergast is the Stage Manager.
Brooke O’Harra is co-founder (with composer Brendan Connelly) of the OBIE Award-winning Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, which was initiated in 2000. She has developed and directed all 14 of Two-headed Calf’s productions including the OBIE Award-winning Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (HERE), It Cannot Be Called Our Mother but Our Graves a.k.a Macbeth (Soho Rep Lab), Trifles (Ontological Hysteric) and the opera project You, My Mother (La MaMa, River to River Festival). O’Harra conceived, directed, wrote for, and performed in the Dyke Division of Two-headed Calf’s live lesbian soap opera, Room For Cream, which ran for three seasons at La MaMa. I’m Bleeding All Over The Place: A Living History Tour is the fourth part of a nine part project titled I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in directing or nine encounters between me and you, which began in 2014 while in residence at the New Museum. She is the current recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award for Theatre. O’Harra’s directing work has been called a “wildly inventive treat” (Time Out New York), “lively and exploratory” (The New York Times) and “momentously original” (New York Post).
Becca Blackwell is a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Artist Recipient. Their performing credits include Room For Cream and Trifles with Two-Headed Calf, Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show, Erin Markey’s A Ride on the Irish Cream, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok and their own show They, Themself and Schmerm.
Brendan Connelly’s recent and current projects include Electric Lucifer (with Jim Findlay), Appalachian Spring Break (a duet with Scott Heron, re-mounting at Abrons Arts Center in the fall), and Wild Land (with Karinne Keithley-Syers, to premiere at The Chocolate Factory next year). He is co-founder of The Two-Headed Calf, and scored and designed sound for all of their shows. Brendan has made sound and music for Pam MacKinnon, Anne Kaufman, Suzan-Lori Parks, Gisela Cardenas, Isis Misdary, Ian Belton, David Levine and Seth Bockley.
Sharon Hayes has had solo exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid). Her work been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and numerous museums and venues in Europe and the Americas. Hayes is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007), among other awards.
Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary performance and multimedia artist. He wrote, directed, and performed in brother lovers (Wild Project), performed in Angry Women Revisited (HERE) and collectively organized Theater Transgression’s Antigone (House of Yes).
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La MaMa presents an average of 60-70 productions annually, most of which are world premieres. To date, over 3,500 productions have been presented at La MaMa with artists from more than 70 nations. Honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, La MaMa’s programming is culturally diverse, cross-disciplinary and draws audiences from all walks of life. La MaMa is accessible from the F train to 2nd Ave. or the #6 train to Bleecker St.